High Blood Pressure Research Council of Australia

HBPRCA Enews May 2012

Greetings from Rob Widdop and the HBPRCA Executive

RobWiddopGreetings from the e-news desk.

With 2012 being an important and busy year for HBPRCA, we’ll be sending an e-news monthly – most of them will be short and will emphasise Hypertension Sydney 2012 – but our packed quarterly issues will highlight new members and new initiatives. Don’t forget – it’s time to renew your membership  - whether student or full member.

Rob Widdop, HBPRCA Secretary

President’s Message – Jaye Chin-Dusting


Congratulations and thanks to all those who submitted abstracts for Hypertension Sydney. The reviewers are in full flight and then it’s over to Kate Denton and the Program Committee to pull together this amazing event. Don’t forget to register before the early bird registations close in late May!

I’m sure you all will have scoured the Hypertension Sydney website for details of travel awards…… Foundation for High Blood Pressure Research – Young Investigator Travel Awards are available to PhD students and postdoctoral researchers with no more than five years’ experience post-PhD. Preference will be given to members of the High Blood Pressure Research Council of Australia.Applications close on Friday 29 June 2012 . See http://www.ish2012.org/awards.asp for details. The HBPRCA Executive will review applicants submitted by members and will consider awarding additional student travel grants. Remember – you MUST have renewed your membership to be eligible for dscounted member registration rates and/or HBPRCA student grants.

Great reasons why you should register NOW:

  • Over 50 invited speakers, including two Nobel laureates
  • Presentations from young and emerging stars including those in the Asia-Pacific region through union with APSH
  • Innovative original research and expert overviews of major current and emerging issues
  • High impact abstract submissions will be accepted until July 20th
  • The conference venue around Darling Harbour is close to the famous Harbour Bridge and Opera House
  • The Gala dinner when Hypertension Sydney takes over the historic Rocks area
  • The Gala dinner is included in your registration fee
  • The buzz of two Australian football Grand Finals on the weekend prior to ISH 2012
    • Australian Football League (“Aussie Rules”), Saturday September 29th
    • National Rugby League Sunday, September 30th
  • See more of Australia by attending one of the many first class pre and post meeting satellites

Next month we will be able to award the council member with the highest number of submissions (as per authorship) free membership for a year.

Membership News from Janna Morrison

JannaMorrisonMembership subscriptions are now overdue due and the Executive would be delighted if you renew if you have not yet done so. Fees are just AUD125 per year for full members (plus GST for Australians). Student members pay no fee, but MUST review via the website to receive benefits such as travel grants and be eligible to student prizes.

Please do so via the Meetings First website, where you will need to update your background information.

If you do not wish to renew your membership, we’ll be sorry to see you go, but please let the Secretariat know so that we may avoid unnecessary followup communication.

Member Profiles

Song Yao – New Full Member

I completed my PhD in the Department of Pharmacology at Monash University under the supervision of Profs Andrew Lawrence and Bevyn Jarrott. My doctoral research focused on elucidating the importance of purinergic signalling in the central control of cardiovascular function. I then moved to the Henry Wellcome Laboratories for Integrative Neuroscience and Endocrinology at University of Bristol in 2003 to work with Prof. David Murphy and Prof. Julian Paton (Department of Physiology and Pharmacology, Bristol Heart Institute). Here I used gene-screening techniques (microarrays, qRT-PCR arrays) to screen for changes in gene expression within the paraventricular nucleus of hypothalamus in spontaneously hypertensive rats. I was awarded a British Heart Foundation Research Fellowship in 2007 to investigate how heart failure changes gene expression in autonomic brain centres. I recently returned to the Florey Neuroscience Institutes at the University of Melbourne to work with A/Prof Clive May in the systems neurophysiology division to continue my research on the underlying causes of heart failure disease progression. My current research is focused on understanding how genetic, neurochemical and structural changes that occur in the brain following myocardial infarction contributes to an overactive sympathetic nervous system and consequently disease progression. Current research projects include identifying and understanding the function of specific cytokines and their role in furthering heart failure progression. Another area of interest is the blood brain barrier and its integrity in heart failure. Having attended my first HBPRCA in Perth at the end of 2011, I can honestly say that I’m truly excited to be part of this fantastic research community.

Rachel Climie – New Full Member
I began a Bachelor in Exercise Science 5 years ago in Launceston, Northern Tasmania. Shortly after completing my undergraduate, I moved down to Hobart where I joined the Blood Pressure Research Group at the Menzies Research Institute and began my honours year with Dr. Jim Sharman. My honours thesis was focused on the validity of a novel method to measure central blood pressure from an oscillometric cuff at the upper arm. I took some time off to travel following my honours year and was fortunate enough to present my honours work at the Artery 11 conference in Paris. While there I also visited Professor Stephane Laurent’s (and colleague’s) laboratory. I have recently returned back to the Menzies and am currently in the first year of my PhD studies, back under the guidance of Jim. My PhD will be focused around the clinical relevance of ambulatory central haemodynamics in relation to target organ damage in patients with type 2 diabetes.

World Hypertension Day – May 17!

Every year, 17th May is dedicated to World Hypertension Day. This initiative of the World Hypertension League (WHL), an affiliated section of the International Society for Hypertension is strongly supported by the HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE RESEARCH COUNCIL OF AUSTRALIA whose mission is to promote research into the causes, prevention and treatment of high blood pressure in Australia.

The theme for World Hypertension Day 2012 is Healthy Lifestyle – Healthy Blood Pressure. The theme for 2011 was Know Your Numbers and Target Your Blood Pressure

By promoting awareness about hypertension and its causes we will ultimately be able to control it. Hypertension is high blood pressure, and it is a major risk factor for heart attack and stroke, which constitute the major causes of death in Australia. Globally, hypertension is of major health importance and by the year 2025, hypertension is expected to increase by 60%, affecting 1.6 billion people. The danger of hypertension is that it is often without symptoms.

How about you get involved! How? its easy!

Last year we made significant impact in the MEDIA with Prof Markus Schlaich seminal research but the point is to inform everyone about Hypertension so start with your community.

TwitterHBPRCAWhy not post a tweet to the HBPRCA twitter account to highlight the importance of World Hypertension Day and the need to support blood pressure research and treatment?

And keep an eye out for media relating to the Ambulatory Blood Pressure Consensus Statement! Have you read it? Check it out via the new Australian ABPM Collaborative website!

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